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They Don’t Have to Be Friends
rahima rice for the daring magazine
Oct 16, 2021
Location: Washington, D.C.
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If you’re a parent like me, you’re possibly coming up for air from the back-to-school rush. Hopefully, you survived those annoying Back to School Night icebreakers, and your kids’ answer to “How was school today?” goes well beyond the standard “Good.”

This year my daughter started second grade, and it was honestly a bit rocky. The school was well prepared to face Covid outbreaks. The building was clean, the staff healthy and vaxxed. She had a few teachers from last year and the new teachers welcomed her with joy. But, as she moved into her first week she began to pout. I’d pick her up expecting my typical bouncing babe, but she was sad. She was having a hard time making friends. Some of her first grade friends had paired off, and didn’t always want a third playmate at recess. There were a lot of new kids in her class, and she didn’t know how to approach them. Not being able to sit close at lunch or snack time has created a conversational chasm that used to serve as their initial bonding time.

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They Don't Have to Be Friends | by Rahima Rice | The Daring
There are these standards of friendship applied to kids that I think should be eradicated.
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